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May 16 2013.

As a result of the recent project by Newhaven Town Council to put new lamp post banners on West Quay, one of which says "Did you know that Ho Chi Minh once worked as a pastry chef on the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry?", the Vietnamese Ambassador is coming to Newhaven to celebrate the leader's birthday.

His Excellency Mr Vu Quang Minh, the Ambassador of Vietnam in the UK, will present a bronze statue of Ho Chi Minh to Newhaven Museum at 12 noon on Sunday the 19th of May, the 123rd birthday of the founder of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Following the ceremony at the Museum, the Ambassador will go on West Quay to view the banner and then down to the promontory at the southern end of the West Quay where a stone is to be placed marking the event. Finally there will be a reception at Meeching Hall with Vietnamese food and entertainment by Vietnamese students.

The newly appointed Mayor of Newhaven, Councillor Julie Carr, said: "I am delighted and honoured to be able to welcome His Excellency to our town and very much hope that this will lead to firm ties of friendship between Newhaven and Vietnam. "